“Much of my waking moments are centered on academics,” Shin said. “But writing my very own Perspective for the radio? And having it featured on a platform that everyone in the Bay Area listens to? It was exciting and thrilling and nerve-wracking all at once.”
For the Youth Takeover, student journalists reported on stories from their schools, neighborhoods and personal experiences, touching on major issues like immigration, homelessness, mental health, cultural identity and the future of the California dream.
The chance to share her story with a wider audience was a powerful learning experience for Vaidehi Dandekar, 14, a freshman at El Cerrito High School.
"Participating in KQED's Youth Takeover meant so much to me," said Dandekar, who recorded a piece on how yoga has shaped multiple generations of her family. "It offered the opportunity to share my view on something I really cared about."
If you’re reading this during Youth Takeover week, you may have already heard youth voices on the daily newscast at 6:22 am and commentary on Perspectives at 6:43 and 8:43 am. The Takeover will culminate on Friday, with youth co-hosting Forum and The Do List (at 6:22 am; 8:22 am). Youth voices will also be featured prominently on The California Report Magazine (4:30 pm; 6:30 pm; 11 pm) and KQED Newsroom (7 pm, KQED Channel 9).
“It’s empowering to use our platforms to broadcast and elevate the voices of our youth community,” said Ariana Proehl, KQED’s youth media manager. “Their story ideas are at the forefront of the Youth Takeover.”